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  • File Size: 17415 KB
  • Print Length: 332 pages
  • Publication Date: August 22, 2013
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00EQ5EZUG
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By april ferry on September 21, 2013
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So good to have explained what producers actually do.of course each one and each time is different.i really enjoyed this one!!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Edmond Dantes on November 13, 2013
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One of the best books about how films used to be made.
Not about a sweeping story with an arc, but the best anecdotes since CITY OF NETS.
It is like you are at a Dinner Party and someone is telling you these fabulous stories.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Marilee Zdenek on November 24, 2013
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There must have been a time in your life when you envied the proverbial fly-on-the-wall who might have buzzed into the office of one of Hollywood’s most powerful filmmakers. Now forget the fly and stretch your imagination, then stretch it a little more, and imagine that a few decades ago, you were the one who was buzzed into the meetings, and like a ghost you sat silently and invisibly as you heard all of their private conversations.

If that puts a strain on your imagination, then stay with the reality of this: David Picker, former President and CEO of United Artists, Paramount, Columbia and Lorimar invites us to share the stories about the making of great films (and some not so great films). Here are the stories about the movies we loved, how they were made, and the people who made them.

Remember ‘back in the day’ (as they say) when female stars showed more talent than flesh? When producers cared as much about the art of the film as the gross profits? Remember them? Maybe not. But after reading this delightful book, you will.

Picker has a terrific writing style and talks to you as though you were an old friend who just stopped by for a chat and to share a martini or two. Those of us who admired him over the years, and those who only heard of him will be grateful for this memoir.

I’m grateful for the memories, and for the fact that my holiday shopping is no longer a problem. Who among us doesn’t love stories about the movies?
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mark G. Wheaton on October 12, 2013
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What makes this book great is not just Picker's breadth of knowledge, but an ability to cross reference across well over half a century of filmmaking. In other words, you're not going to see him anoint some flavor of the week when he's the guy who gave Bergman a four-picture deal (which included "Persona" and "Hour of the Wolf"), but who also produced "The Jerk." And the Daniel Day-Lewis "Crucible." But was also one of the execs overseeing "Leonard Part 6." I thoroughly enjoyed this book and, given what he says at the end, I think it worth adding that I read this, a self-published book, on the Kindle app downloaded on a new iPhone. Oh, and given what he says about "Electra Glide in Blue," I hope he knows there's this entire new and young fan base for that darkly brilliant piece of work.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By J. Plannette on October 10, 2013
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David Picker is the consummate film producer and movie lover.
His stories brought tears to my eyes and reminded me why I love working in the movie business.
You won't find better tales anywhere.
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By Smith on June 15, 2014
David Picker’s memoir can only be described as his “Likes, Dislikes and Hates.” What a disappointment!

He missed an opportunity to shed light on what United Artists’ role was in the evolution of independent filmmaking in the 1960s and how that decade went on to influence and inspire filmmakers of today. As vice president of production at UA, he was privy to some of the best movies ever made from both a financial and creative standpoint, but he mostly chose to tell tabloid stories about pet peeves he had with individuals and corporate executives that he disliked from 50 years ago. What a missed opportunity.

I guess who ever told him to write his story obviously did not think the real story of cutting-edge filmmaking, accounting, and describing the intricacies of his best deals, or even the amazing talent that walked through his doors, was worth a penetrating look. He never had to struggle to be part of the film business because the doors were wide open when he entered through family connections. So all can say again is, What a disappointment!
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I just enjoy going to the movies without knowing much about how they are made or the people who make them. If I knew more of David's cast of many characters I would have enjoyed the book even more. As it was, I found it to be a page turner that was tough to put down.
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